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September 26, 2018 12:26

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US scraps fucking stupid “seven dirty words” ban

Neustar and the US government have agreed to dump their longstanding ban on profanity in .us domains. A contract change quietly published in July has now made it possible to register .us domains containing the strings “fuck”, “cunt”, “shit”, “piss”, “cocksucker”, “motherfucker” and “tits”. These are the so-called “seven dirty words” popularized by a George […]

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Not all TLDs are created equal when it comes to protecting domain owners

You might think that registering a .COM, a .LONDON, or a .IO are all the same except for the price. While you would be right, the .COM always does command the highest price, there’s more under the hood with a TLD, and in some cases this could be the difference between keeping and losing your […]

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EFF whitepaper compares registry policies, disses new TLDs

Paper points to questionable rights protection mechanisms in new TLDs. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have released a whitepaper comparing policies across various domain name registries, and warning domain registrants to be wary of new top level domain names. The whitepaper points to added rights protection mechanisms in new top level domains, such […]

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EFF recommends against new gTLDs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has recommended that domain registrants concerned about intellectual property “bullies” steer clear of new gTLDs. The view is expressed in a new EFF report today that is particularly critical of policies in place at new gTLD portfolio registries Donuts and Radix. The report (pdf) also expresses strong support for .onion, the […]

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Now the DNA backpedals on “Copyright UDRP”

The Domain Name Association has distanced itself from the Copyright ADRP, a key component of its Healthy Domains Initiative, after controversy. The anti-piracy measure would have given copyright owners a process to seize or suspend domain names being used for massive-scale piracy, but it appears now to have been indefinitely shelved. The DNA said late […]

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PIR slams brakes on “UDRP for copyright”

Public Interest Registry has “paused” its plan to allow copyright owners to seize .org domains used for piracy. In a statement last night, PIR said the plans were being shelved in response to publicly expressed concerns. The Systemic Copyright Infringement Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy was an in-house development, but had made its way into the […]

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Angry reactions to “UDRP for copyright”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Internet Commerce Association are among those expressing initial concern about the introduction of a new “UDRP for copyright” mechanism by the Domain Name Association. The EFF said the DNA’s new proposals want registries to become “private arbiters of online speech”, while the ICA expressed concern that the proposals could circumvent […]

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“Shadow content policing” fears at ICANN 57

Fears that the domain name industry is becoming a stooge for “shadow regulation” of web content were raised, and greeted very skeptically, over the weekend at ICANN 57. Attendees yesterday heard concerns from non-commercial stakeholders, notably the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that deals such as Donuts’ content-policing agreement with the US movie industry amount to regulation […]

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Most US presidential hopefuls use Whois privacy despite begging for cash

More than half of the remaining US presidential candidates could have risked losing their official campaign web sites under proposed Whois privacy rules. Today I carried out Whois queries on all 18 candidates to discover that 10, or over 55%, use a Whois privacy service. Of the three remaining Democrat candidates, only Bernie Sanders uses […]

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EFF : “XYZ .com complicit” in Chinese government censorship

In an article today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is blasting the XYZ Registry and its decision to propose to ICANN an automatic domain censoring process, from a Chinese government blacklist. The article states: “Even so, as ineffective as it may be, xyz.com’s complicity in advancing the Chinese government’s censorship of the Internet remains profoundly […]

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